If Russia invades Ukraine, “Nord Stream 2 is gone”


President Joe Biden said Monday that if Russia invades Ukraine, there will no longer be a “Nord Stream 2” gas pipeline to Europe.

At a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on February 7, the two leaders showed a united front that poses a threat of “widespread and severe” sanctions against Russia if Russia invades Ukraine.

Both Biden and Schortz described the dual approach of demanding a diplomatic path with Russia and at the same time preparing sanctions to impose swiftly on Russia in the event of an invasion.

“If Russia invades, that means tanks and troops will cross the Ukrainian border, and Nord Stream 2 will be gone,” Biden said. “We put an end to it.”

When asked about how this would be done when the pipeline was under German control, Biden said, “We promise you that we can do it.”

US authorities have repeated this threat, but have not made a firm commitment from Germany.

Both Biden and Schortz have chosen to leave some ambiguity regarding the scope of the agreed sanctions.

“Russia understands that more may happen in the future, so it’s part of this process that we don’t elaborate everything in public,” Schortz explained.

The approval process for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been postponed by Germany. If approved, it will carry 55 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Russia to Germany each year.

Russia has gathered tens of thousands of troops over the last few weeks on the border with Ukraine and in the Crimean and Belarus annexed Russia.

This article will be updated as development progresses.

Nick Ciolino

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Nick Ciolino covers the White House.

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